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Trump declares disaster in Florida from Hurricane Sally, no individual assistance yet

Jim Little
 
| Pensacola News Journal

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster exists in Florida from Hurricane Sally, however, the declaration from the White House contains no mention of assistance for individuals. 

The White House press release said that Trump issued a major declaration on Wednesday, unlocking Federal Emergency Management Agency aid for local governments and non-profits for emergency work and repair in Escambia County.

More: Pensacola oyster farmer says Skanska barge smashed through farm, ruined 800,000 oysters

More: Forest Creek residents whose homes flooded forced to move. Their landlord isn’t helping.

The declaration also unlocked federal funding for governments and non-profits for “emergency protective measures” in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gul...

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Pensacola oyster farmer says Skanska barge smashed through farm, ruined 800,000 oysters

Kevin Robinson
 
| Pensacola News Journal

A Pensacola oyster farmer claims a rogue Skanska barge plowed through his farm, dragging almost 800,000 oysters to shore and causing him an estimated $500,000 in losses.

During Hurricane Sally, 22 barges owned by the construction company Skanska USA came unmoored and scattered across Pensacola and Escambia bays. The vessels reportedly crashed into bridges, washed up in backyards and in the case of Travis Gill, ran roughshod over his life’s investment.

Gill, the owner of the DeLuna Oyster Company, launched his one-man business in 2017. He said he made a small investment at first to see if the farm was viable, and after building up a good reputation and solid clientele base decided to go “all-in and get a bunch of oysters...

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Forest Creek residents whose homes flooded forced to move. Their landlord isn’t helping.

Jim Little
 
| Pensacola News Journal

Forest Creek Apartments residents whose homes flooded in Hurricane Sally are being told they have to leave, and they’re getting no help from their landlord as they move out.

The Warrington housing complex, which receives federal housing vouchers for low-income tenants, has a long history of flooding in high-rain events.

‘It’s a blessing’: Food truck drives 13 hours to feed Pensacola residents impacted by Sally

Hurricane Sally: ‘Miniaturized canyon’ left in Pace neighborhood after Hurricane Sally washout

Hurricane Sally: Navarre Beach lost about 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally

The more than 20 inches of rain that fell after Hurricane Sally slammed into Pensacola last week was enough to bring waters as high as four and a half ...

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Photos: Skanska barges wash ashore near Bayshore Drive neighborhood


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Milton will appoint a new city council member on Oct. 27. Here’s how to apply

If you want to fill the vacancy on the Milton City Council left open by former council member Heather Hathaway, you have until Oct. 13 to throw your hat in the ring. 

The Milton City Council is now accepting applications from those who live in Ward 1 to fill the seat for the rest of Hathaway’s term, which expires in December 2022. 

Hathaway unexpectedly resigned Sept. 8, saying she had sold her house in Ward 1 and no longer lived in the appropriate city district.

Completed applications and a current resume must be submitted to the City Clerk by 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Late submissions will not be accepted, according to a press release from the city. The clerk will review all applications to determine eligibility.

Applicants...

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Grand jury indicts 1 of 3 officers in Breonna Taylor shooting. But not for her death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For five months, the demand has echoed across Louisville and around the country: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

On Wednesday, they got their answer.

No.

A Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday indicted Brett Hankison, 44, on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Jurors said several bullets he fired outside Taylor’s apartment March 13 went into a neighboring unit where a pregnant woman, a man and a child were home.

But neither he nor two other Louisville officers who fired their weapons at Taylor’s apartment — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove — were charged with killing Taylor, an unarmed Black woman. 

And Kentucky Attorney Ge...

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‘Miniaturized canyon’ left in Pace neighborhood after Hurricane Sally washout

When Cassie and James Nisewonger went to sleep Sept. 15, the vacant lot next to their home in Pace was a normal subdivision lot, covered in grass.

But as Hurricane Sally stomped through the Panhandle on Sept. 16, the yard fell away as if a trapdoor had opened in the ground.

Left behind was a massive washout that swallowed their mailbox, their yard and ate away at the pavement from the cul-de-sac in front of their house. The lot next door was gone.  

Six days later, what looks like a miniaturized canyon roughly 75 feet from their house was still widening with every rainfall.

“Basically, our whole lives are on pause,” Cassie said a week after the storm hit.

She and her husband stood next to the yawning clay mo...

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Navarre Beach lost about 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally

Navarre Beach lost an estimated 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally, and officials are racing to tally the full extent of the damage to secure as much funding as possible to restore the beach.

The sand loss is the worst at the easternmost and westernmost points of the beach, officials said. There, at high tide, there’s only about 30 feet of beach in between the mean high water line and the dunes; the sand is gray and hard, and the dunes are clearly eroded. 

“There’s a lot of damage on the west and east end, but if you walk in the middle of the beach, it looks like it was untouched,” said District 4 Santa Rosa County Commissioner Dave Piech, who represents Navarre and Navarre Beach...

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Escambia County officials ask for photos of Hurricane Sally damage to unlock FEMA help

Escambia County officials are pleading with the public to send in photos of Hurricane Sally damage to aid in getting individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Escambia County Commission Chairman Steven Barry told the News Journal on Wednesday that the county was asking for photos of damage from Sally, along with the address of where the damage occurred and stories of about 200 words less.

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Hurricane Sally: Cleanup underway for oil leaks along Pensacola waterfront from storm-damaged vessels

Weather: Coastal flooding, locally heavy rain possible for Pensacola area through Thursday

Barry said the informati...

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Body of missing boater lost during Hurricane Sally found Wednesday afternoon

Authorities discovered the body a Pensacola boater Wednesday one week after he went missing in Hurricane Sally.

Brandon William Nicholson, 27, is the third recorded Florida fatality due to Hurricane Sally.

Nicholson left shore in a 12-foot jon boat Sept. 16 in an attempt to save his mother’s pontoon boat that became untethered in the strong currents and winds brought by the hurricane.

More: Family clings to hope missing boater, feared to be first Sally fatality, will be found

His body was discovered at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday after coming ashore near the Blue Angel Recreation Park located at 2100 Bronson Road, according to ECSO spokeswoman Amber Southard.

Nicholson’s family had been contacted and made aware of...

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